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Southampton ‘StarStream’ cleaning technology wins prestigious award

Published: 3 December 2012

A novel ultrasonic technology invented by researchers at the University of Southampton, which enhances the ability of water to clean, has been recognised at the 2012 Institute of Chemical Engineers Awards.

‘StarStream' won the Veolia Water Management and Supply category against stiff competition from major companies, including GlaxoSmithKline and Scottish Water. It was the potential of StarStream to generate significant savings in water use in a range of cleaning applications that excited the judges.


Professor Leighton (left) and Dr Birkin with their device
Ultrasonic attachment for taps

Doctors Peter Birkin and Doug Offin from Chemistry and Professor Tim Leighton from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research travelled to Manchester to receive their award from TV presenter Colin Murray.

The University team is now collaborating with Ultrawave Ltd, a specialist supplier of ultrasonic cleaning equipment, to develop StarStream for industrial cleaning applications. Dr Birkin says: "The technology was born of a multidisciplinary collaboration and has come about from a sustained effort to understand the fundamental processes which underpin the technology.  It is vital for the success of disruptive technologies, such as StarStream, to be recognised in this way in order to raise the profile and attract interest and investment."

In 2011 Dr Birkin and Professor Leighton also received the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation for StarStream.

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